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HEALTH OVERHAUL-2019 PREMIUMS — Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get a price cut. That's the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program, which still sparks deep divisions heading into this year's midterm elections. By Meghan Hoyer and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.




TRUMP-NEW YORK TIMES — One after another, President Donald Trump's top lieutenants step forward to deny writing an incendiary New York Times opinion piece that was purportedly submitted by a member of an administration "resistance" movement straining to thwart Trump's most dangerous impulses. By Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,120 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-NEW YORK TIMES-FORENSICS — Science may help finger identify anonymous columnist; TRUMP-NEW YORK TIMES-NOT ME — Trump officials cry 'Not me!' as he fumes over NYT column; TRUMP-TREASON-FACT CHECK — Is Trump's disloyal official a traitor? (All sent.)

IRAN-SYRIA SUMMIT — The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey will meet in Tehran to discuss the war in Syria, with all eyes on a possible military offensive to retake the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib. By Jon Gambrell and Nasser karimi. SENT: 610 words, photo.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE — President Donald Trump will not answer federal investigators' questions, in writing or in person, about whether he tried to block the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, one of the president's attorneys tells The Associated Press. Rudy Giuliani says questions about obstruction of justice are a "no-go." By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 940 words, photos.

SENATE-SUPREME COURT — Senate Democrats worked into the night in a last, ferocious attempt to paint Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump. But after two marathon days in the witness chair in a Senate hearing room, Kavanaugh appeared to be on a path to confirmation as a Supreme Court justice. By Mark Sherman and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 980 words, photos, video. With SENATE-SUPREME COURT-TAKEAWAYS — Kavanaugh didn't say or do anything during his confirmation hearings that would seem to stand in his way (sent).

MIDTERMS-BLACK WOMEN — Black women come together to strategize about the upcoming elections, and their impact is evident. As of this week, 39 black women are nominees for the U.S. House in the November midterms, including 22 women who aren't incumbents. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1,110 words, photos.

OBIT-BURT REYNOLDS-A LIFE — The late Burt Reynolds is being honored with tributes from fellow actors and Hollywood monuments. The actor, who died Thursday at 82, is being remembered for his candor and his impact on his fellow actors. Reynolds enjoyed a prolific career with a mix of critically acclaimed roles in "Deliverance" and "Boogie Nights" and commercial hits such as "The Cannonball Run." By John Rogers. SENT: 1,470 words, photos.




AFGHANISTAN-MATTIS — U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has arrived in the Afghan capital Kabul on a surprise visit to the war-weary country. SENT: 130 words, photos.

CHINA-RUSSIA — China's President Xi Jinping meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in a sign of strengthening ties between the Asian giants. SENT: 270 words, photo.

CBS-MOONVES — CBS CEO Les Moonves reportedly in exit talks amid sexual misconduct probe. SENT: 130 words, photo.

BMW CHAMPIONSHIP — Tiger Woods opens with a 62 at the BMW Championship, his best score since his last victory five years ago. SENT: 120 words.




TRUMP — President Donald Trump is praising praised Judge Brett Kavanaugh's progress toward winning confirmation to the Supreme Court but decried the "anger and the meanness on the other side," blasting Democrats' behavior toward his nominee as "sick." SENT: 820 words, photos, video.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — The newly appointed U.S. special envoy for North Korea will make his first diplomatic trip abroad next week in the Trump administration's latest effort to press for progress in uncertain denuclearization talks. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 630 words, photo.

CONNECTICUT HOUSE-HAYES — A onetime teen mother who rose from poverty to the height of the teaching profession, Jahana Hayes is now close to becoming the first black woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. Hayes launched her campaign for a U.S. House seat representing northwestern Connecticut four months ago with no funding or campaign infrastructure. The 2016 National Teacher of the Year defeated a veteran politician in the Democratic primary last month. SENT: 820 words, photos.

DELAWARE PRIMARY — Longtime U.S Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware easily fended off a Democratic primary challenge from a political newcomer who was part of an antiestablishment wave that hoped to move the party farther to the left. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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BRAZIL-CANDIDATE STABBED — The wounding of a leading Brazilian presidential candidate has the potential to reshape the election contest after dramatically exposing the deep polarization in Latin America's largest nation. SENT: 780 words, photos.

JAPAN-EARTHQUAKE — Rescuers were using dogs, backhoes and shovels to search for survivors trapped in mud and debris from landslides triggered by a powerful earthquake in northern Japan. SENT: 520 words, photos. With JAPAN-QUAKE-WEAK LINK — Japan's power supply system weak link in times of disaster (sent).

KOREAS-NUCLEAR — South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he's pushing for "irrevocable progress" on efforts to rid North Korea of its nukes by the end of this year as he prepares for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. SENT: 440 words, photos.

NAURU-REFUGEES — More than 600 refugees, including about 120 children, have been stuck on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru for nearly five years. Some have turned to self-immolation and hunger strike in a bid to escape. Australia has kept the boat refugees far from its shores to deter more of them from trying to make the voyage, but critics say it violates human rights. SENT: 1,000 word, photos.

NKOREA-MILITARY PARADE4-GOOSE-STEPPERS — Goose-stepping soldiers are the most spectacular part of North Korea's massive military parades. Although the training for the parades was harsh, ex-participants who now live in rival South Korea say participating in the extravaganzas was a huge privilege that guaranteed speedy promotion and higher social standing. A parade is planned Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding. SENT: 1,270 words, photos.

SYRIA-BACK TO SCHOOL — There are fewer areas in active combat in Syria now, and as a result more children are going back to school this year, the government says, putting the number at 4 million. Keen to project an image of normalcy, the government said it has rehabilitated over 400 schools over the last two months alone and called on students to return to wearing school uniforms, shed in years of conflict. SENT: 1,150 words, photo.




CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Authorities are still mulling whether to reopen a major highway that's been closed for two days by a raging Northern California wildfire. Officials must first determine if it's safe to resume travel on a 45-mile stretch of Interstate 5 below the Oregon state line. SENT: 750 words, video, photos.

CLERGY ABUSE-NEW YORK — New York and New Jersey launched new investigations into the Roman Catholic Church's handling of clergy sex abuse allegations as the number of similar inquiries around the country continues to grow. SENT: 880 words, photos.

TEACHER STRIKES-BLUE STATES — Fights over teacher salaries and working conditions are escalating along the West Coast, emboldened in part by the momentum from widespread teacher strikes in more conservative states. SENT: 830 words, photos.

GYPSY HILL KILLINGS — A career criminal who authorities believe is the Gypsy Hill Killer faces trial in Northern California for the murders of two young women four decades ago. SENT: 620 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.

ERASING MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS — Tens of thousands of low-level marijuana convictions could be erased with the OK of Brooklyn's top prosecutor, under a new plan for wiping records clean of offenses no longer being prosecuted in parts of the nation's biggest city. SENT: 580 words.

CINCINNATI SHOOTING — Police say they're trying to learn why a gunman carrying a large amount of ammunition began shooting in a downtown Cincinnati high-rise building, killing three people and wounding two others before four officers all opened fire on him. SENT: 370 words, video, photos.




TWITTER-ALEX JONES — Twitter's permanent ban of conspiracy-monger Alex Jones on Thursday again underscored the difficulty many social-media services face in trying to consistently apply their rules against harassment and other bad behavior. By Technology Writers Barbara Ortutay and Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

AVATARS TEACH CHINESE — It's like learning Chinese inside a video game. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and IBM are developing a different way to teach Mandarin that relies on artificial intelligence and immersive scenes. They are developing a sort of smart room that can understand students' words, answer their questions and perceive their gestures. SENT: 470 words, photos.




FALCONS-EAGLES — Matt Ryan to Julio Jones failed in Philly again. Jay Ajayi had a pair of touchdown runs, Nick Foles caught another pass to jump-start a sputtering offense and the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles needed another defensive stand to open the NFL season with an 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 890 words, photos.

US OPEN — Serena Williams was a bit shaky at the start of her U.S. Open semifinal. For all of six minutes. That's how long it took her to drop the opening two games. Williams spent the next hour playing flawlessly, particularly up at the net, grabbing 12 of 13 games to beat No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-0 and reach her ninth final at Flushing Meadows and 31st at all Grand Slam tournaments. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. SENT: 730 words, photos. With US OPEN-DON'T SWEAT IT — So tough not to sweat the small stuff at hot, humid US Open (sent).

KAEPERNICK-NIKE AD — As Colin Kaepernick watched from the apparel giant's headquarters in Oregon, Nike aired its highly anticipated ad featuring the quarterback known for his social protests during the NFL season opener. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 650 words, photos.




TRUMP-NEW YORK TIMES-MEDIA — The coup of publishing a column by an anonymous Trump administration official bashing the boss could backfire on The New York Times if the author is unmasked and turns out to be a little-known person, or if the newspaper's own reporters solve the puzzle. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 1,000 words, video, photos.

NY FASHION WEEK-JEREMY SCOTT — Designer Jeremy Scott was a man with a message on at his star-studded runway show, and that message was directed at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. By Nation Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 400 words, photos.




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